Learning about fractions does not come easily for many of our students. Fortunately, many classrooms have access to manipulatives to make learning hands-on, engaging, and fun. But, don’t underestimate the value of a good book. Here are some children’s books about fractions to help get your students excited about math!
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Children’s Books about Fractions
Jump, Kangaroo, Jump
by Stuart Murphy
Kangaroo and his friends at camp divide into halves, thirds, and fourths to form teams at field day. Readers will cheer on this rowdy crew of Australian animals as they swim, canoe, play tug-of-war, and have a good, goofy time. This is a level 3 book in the MathStart series.
Give Me Half
by Stuart Murphy
How do you share a pizza? You split it in half! Two siblings split a yummy lunch and discover that using fractions can be messy. This hilarious book written by Stuart J. Murphy and illustrated by G. Brian Karas introduces the simplest of fractions: 1/2. This is a level 2 book in the MathStart series.
Full House: An Invitation to Fractions
by Dayle Ann Dodds
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she loves visitors. All through the day she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full house! But in the middle of the night, Miss Bloom senses that something is amiss — and sure enough, the guests are all downstairs eating dessert. Readers will be inspired to do the math and discover that one delicious cake divided by five hungry guests and one doting hostess equals a perfect midnight snack at the Strawberry Inn. Piece of cake!
by Loreen Leedy
Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by finding many examples in the world around them.
The Lion’s Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It, Too
by Matthew McElligott
When Ant receives a special invitation to dine with Lion, she is ready to be on her best behavior. During dessert, the other guests do not mind their manners, and by the time the dessert cake reaches Ant, barely a crumb is left for her to share with the King! Baking a cake seems like the perfect way to make it up to him . . . until the other guests turn her kind gesture into a contest. Exactly how many cakes are fit for a king?
by David Adler
Would you rather eat 1/4 of a pizza or 1/8 of a pizza? Find 3/4 of a dollar or 1/10 of a dollar? Confused? You don’t have to be! Fractions are made easy in this simple and hands-on math concept book. You’ll learn what the top and bottom numbers are called, and what they mean. You will also find out how to recognize and compare different fractions. Just follow the clear instructions and you will learn the most important thing of all — that fractions can be fun!
Working with Fractions
by David Adler
Fractions are everywhere you look — on the playground, at school, even at birthday parties! When it comes to counting money, playing games, or making sure you get your fair share of the pizza, fractions are there to help you.
Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
by David Adler
Step right up! Come take part in the county fair, where you’ll see fractions, decimals, and percents everywhere. Gobble up a fraction of pie, boost your batting average in the arcade,and take a percent off the price of a toy. Learning about equivalent parts equals a whole lot of fun in this straightforward introduction to a challenging concept.
Charlie Piechart and the CAse of the Missing PIzza Slice
by Eric Comstock & Marilyn Sadler
With a dinnertime mystery and 5 hungry suspects, Charlie Piechart makes fractions fun. Charlie Piechart has a piechart for a belly, and it’s a belly that’s perfect for showing fractions. In his first mystery, perfect for little math enthusiasts, it’s pizza night at the Piecharts’ house. How about veggies on top? “NO VEGGIES!” yell 4/6 of the pizza eaters. No one wants anchovies, either. They like Charlie’s idea best: pepperoni. But with 6 pizza eaters, 3 sizes of pizza on the delivery menu, and 2 slices allotted for each person, it is no surprise when there’s a mystery! A scream from Charlie’s sisters reveals the issue: 1 out of 12 slices has gone missing. So who did it? Charlie counts the suspects and questions each one (except Mom!). But could he be forgetting someone?
If You Were a Fraction
by Trisha Speed Shaskan
If you were a fraction, you be part of a whole. You could be part of a pizza or part of pie. You could be part of an apple or part of a pear. What else could you be if you were a fraction? This colorful picture book describes fractions in a way that makes learning math fun!
Whole-y Cow! Fractions are Fun
by Taryn Souders
Learning about fractions isn’t always easy, but who says it can’t be fun? Using one very entertaining cow, math teacher Taryn Souders has devised a very clever (and fun) way of explaining fractions to beginning learners. One whole cow, calmly eating hay, decided to act differently on this particular day. One whole cow – what should we do? I know! Let’s paint one half blue! Prompted by a poem and a visual clue, students are asked to answer what fraction is illustrated in the cow’s antics, starting with halves and progressing into thirds, fourths, eighths, and tenths.
A Fraction’s Goal – Parts of a Whole
by Brian Cleary
In this fun-filled look at fractions, Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable demonstrate how fractions work by splitting whole objects into parts. The comical cats of the wildly popular Words Are CATegorical® series divide everything from pieces of pizza to groups of people into halves, thirds, tenths, and more. Peppy rhymes, goofy illustrations, and kid-friendly examples take the fear out of fractions.
The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fractions Book
by Jerry Pallotta
A Hershey’s bar is made up of 12 little rectangles, making it the perfect edible tool for teaching fractions!
by Jerry Pallotta
This book uses a variety of different apples to teach kids all about fractions in this innovative and enjoyable book. Playful elves demonstrate how to divide apples into halves, thirds, fourths, and more. Young readers will also learn about varieties of apples, including Golden and Red Delicious, Granny Smiths, Cortlands, and even Asian Pears.
The Wishing Club: A Story about Fractions
by Donna Jo Napoli
Petey wishes on the first star he sees, but instead of the dollar he hopes for, he gets only a quarter. The next night his little brother Joey wishes for a cookie―and gets just half of one. The twins, Sally and Samantha, don’t fare much better. Try as they might, the children each wind up with a fraction of what they wished for. Can they figure out how to combine their wishes to wind up with one whole, happy pet?
by Judith Stamper
The coach of the soccer team is a math teacher. And the name of the team is the Fractions. The numbers on the kids’ uniforms are fractions. At half time, the kids eat orange slices that are cut in halves, quarters, and thirds. All of these fractions add up to two things-a winning team and lots of fun!
My Half Day
by Doris Fisher
The wacky fun continues as a young boy awakens to find a half-head of hair. After chugging down his glass of milk that’s two-thirds gooey paste, he and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game.
Fractions in Disguise
by Edward Einhorn
When a valuable fraction goes missing, George Cornelius Factor (a.k.a. GCF) vows to track it down. Knowing that the villainous Dr. Brok likes to disguise his ill-gotten fractions, GCF invents a Reducer—half ray gun, half calculator— that strips away the disguise, reducing the fraction to its lowest common denominator and revealing its true form. With the Reducer in hand, George seeks out Dr. Brok in hopes of retrieving the missing fraction. Crack the case with George Cornelius Factor in this entertaining math adventure that introduces simplified and reduced fractions with equal parts intrigue and humor.
Sir Cumference and the Fracton Faire
by Cindy Neuschwander
Sir Cumference and Lady Di discover “Fracton numbers” while purchasing cloth and cheese at the Fracton Faire. While two-fourths may seem like the same as one-half, in truth it denotes two parts of one-half, or two quarters of the whole. But the real mystery is the fact that items at the fair keep disappearing, and Sir C, Lady Di, and the Earl of Fracton must set a numeric trap for the thief, teaching an important lesson along the way about the comparative size of fractions.
Inchworm and a Half
by Elinor J. Pinczes
What’s a fraction? A puzzled inchworm finds out when she enlists the aid of H-inch, N-inch, and G-inch worms in her quest to measure all the vegetables in their garden. New lengths bring new fractions to conquer, but the clever worms prove equal to every challenge, triumphantly munching their way through this tasty tale of math and measuring.
Do you have any books about fractions that you love to share with students? I’d love to check them out!
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